Burstall Pass Trail

MODERATE 49 reviews

Burstall Pass Trail is a 16.6 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Kovach, Alberta, Canada that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
16.6 km
ELEVATION GAIN
783 m
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

backpacking

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

muddy

rocky

hiking
5 days ago

Amazing views!

8 days ago

Muddy trail, off and on sleet. The first few kilometres of the trail are rather boring but the side trail to the lake breaks it up and is beautiful.

hiking
9 days ago

Some snow. Not too heavy. Stunning views right now.

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15 days ago

19 days ago

Absolutely stunning right now. Great hike.

hiking
20 days ago

1 month ago

We left early in the morning and found the hike quite enjoyable. Three sections of up hill climbs, but worth the views at the top!!! Would definitely do this hike again, but would continue on into Banff National park and camp at US18.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike! I would definitely recommend bringing your bike for the first few kilometres as it is a long gravel road. When you get to the single track it is stunning, beautiful walk through the valley and nice views from the pass. Definitely go sept/oct when the larches are changing.

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

Fabulous day, not too steep overall. Many seniors out "killing it". Very dog friendly, be prepared for many creek crossings.

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

For a guy who has grown up in the mountains it really is quite a boring hike with little elevation gain and a so/so view. Super easy and I don't know why it's rated on this app as moderate. Worth a hike for people from the city wanting a decent challenge. Definitely advise that you ride you bike to the point that your not allowed to bike anymore.

hiking
1 month ago

This was day 2 of our loop.

We started at Mount shark, stayed overnight at Burstall Campground (US18) then climbed over the pass the next day to reach the Burstall Pass parking area.

Burstall is a nice campground and easy to find, It is well signed when coming via Palisser Pass.
At this time of the year (late august) it is quite dry and very cold at night (possibly around 0° C)

I downloaded a GPX of the trail from All trails and BEWARE it was not accurate.
This must have been an old trail on the map. At some point we thought for sure we were going in the wrong direction as we were gaining elevation. But we kept following the trail and reached the top as we were supposed to.

The climb from Burstall is a strenuous one but quite rewarding with great views of the valley below.
I highly recommend.

2 months ago

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2 months ago

Pretty trail. Flowers and valley views top notch. Go a bit further to see Leman lake and have lunch overlooking the panorama below.